The message of celebrating differences is solid. . . The prose allows the charming, expressive cartoon art free rein in creating a world with a Halloween goth look. Affirming. . . strengthened by a lovable aesthetic.
Drago (Gustavo, the Shy Ghost, rev. 9/20; Leila, the Perfect Witch, rev. 9/22) presents another offbeat, sympathetic, supernatural character overcoming insecurities. . . . the text is lighthearted, and the detail-filled mixed-media illustrations display energy-and style.
—The Horn Book
Drago mixes cartoon and folk-art style illustrations influenced by her Mexican heritage to expand the World of Gustavo series with a young vampire and his fashion prowess. Mixed-media techniques add textures and shapes to the elaborate clothing and accessories while brighter colors contrast neutral backgrounds, especially emphasizing the pink shade rosa mexicano (Mexican pink) in Vlad’s cheeks to convey his feelings. . . . Fans of Drago’s books will also find charming character cameos from her previous works in this new addition celebrating how 'it’s better to love what makes us unique!'
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books